04/08/2012 - Jack Harvey showcased his wet weather driving
skills to come through torrential rain to record victory in the
first Cooper Tires British Formula 3 race at Snetterton today
With the track still damp from an extremely heavy rain shower,
the entire field elected to start on wet tyres and it proved to be
the correct decision as heavy rain descended upon the circuit
midway through the race. This failed to distract Harvey as he went
on to produce an impressive lights-to-flag drive from pole to
finish ahead of Felix Serralles and Alex Lynn.
Harvey made a perfect getaway at the start and he stormed into
the lead as the 16 car field headed into Riches for the first time.
Championship leader Serralles made a slow start but a strong
defence allowed him to maintain second spot with Lynn following
suit. Dutchman Hannes Van Asseldonk secured the best start moving
up to fourth with Fahmi Ilyas fifth and Harry Tincknell in sixth.
Jazeman Jaafar dropped back to ninth and left himself with a lot of
work to do after an off at Riches.
It proved to be race to forget for Carlos Sainz Jnr as he failed
to complete a lap after getting caught up in an incident with Pedro
Pablo Calbimonte which saw the pair retire. Also in the wars on the
opening lap was Tincknell as he picked up a left front puncture.
The pit stop saw him drop to the back of the field.
Meanwhile at the front, Harvey stormed into a healthy lead and
looked imperious with Serralles and Lynn in second and third.
National class driver Adderley Fong made the most of the problems
in front of him to move into an impressive sixth position. Jaafar
soon settled back into his rhythm and he soon passed Geoff Uhrhane
and Fong to move back into the top six, but his progress was halted
by Nick McBride.
Torrential rain hit the circuit on lap five and this failed to
disrupt Harvey's progress at the front, but with conditions
worsening by the lap, the race was stopped on lap nine and a result
was given. This gave Harvey a thoroughly deserved win from
Serralles and Lynn, with eighth placed Fong claiming the honours in
the National Class.
The Cooper Tires British Formula 3 International Series will be
back in action for race two at Snetterton at 10:10am on Sunday.
Cooper Tires British Formula 3 International Series Race
1 Top 10
1. Jack Harvey, Carlin, 9 laps
2. Felix Serralles, Fortec,+3.384s
3. Alex Lynn, Fortec, +6.101s
4. Hannes Van Asseldonk, +11.747s
5. Fahmi Ilyas, Carlin, +26.391s
6. Nick McBride, Three Bond with T Sport, +27.524s
7. Jazeman Jaafar, Carlin, +29.317s
8. Adderley Fong (National), CF Racing, +34.784s
9. Geoff Uhrhane, Double R, +37.746s
10. Richard Goddard, T Sport, +1min.05.221s